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  1. I have had a lot of experience with these issues. In my opinion Shar is among those in the business who do this sort of business thde right way...problems can occur. If you deal with the right firms, the solutions make sense. S. Hersh
  2. I have not heard of a Vincenzo Panormo so decorated but I suppose anything is possible. S. Hersh
  3. Most of the e bay stories which I know are not happy ones. There is a reason that experts are reluctant to furnish opinions via photos: It really isn't possible to accurately appraise an instrument without examining the piece first hand. Even under the best conditions violin expertise can be a less than precise science. Illiquidity, authenticity, and hidden conditional flaws are glaring risk factors with stringed instrument purchases.Buying in an E bay style auction only serves to enhance these risks. S. Hersh
  4. One other clue to the dates of Hill bows is the tracking or mortice arrangement for the frog. If the tracking terminates before the butt end of the stick then this usually denotes a somewhat later bow. The tracking running to the butt end of the stick is normally an earlier feature. The absence of tracking on a fully mounted bow would make the bow likely to be earlier still. Makers like James Tubbs and Samuel Allen made excellent and often easily identified bows branded and sold by W. E. Hill. S. Hersh
  5. I would urge caution with later members of the Guadagnini family. Expertise in this area has been traditionally thin and current ongoing research into the Turin school is exposing many new relevant issues.Perhaps this is why the violin in question is being offered at a "bargain" price? S. Hersh
  6. I believe I have seen violins from the so called "English Workshop" of Hungarian makers labelled Panormo. The Panormo name is one which lesser English and French instruments have frequently been upgraded to. S. Hersh
  7. The main service offered by the best dealers as opposed to an auction house should not be minimized: It is the dealers willingness to accept the instruments they sell back in trade at a value comensurate with the changing market value. String instruments are extremely illiquid. New information can call in to question the authenticity of instruments previously unquestioned. For these reasons and others, the back up service of a major dealer that carries an inventory is the sensible way for the majority of the retail public to access the market. S. Hersh
  8. see reply posted above...
  9. Virgilio Capellini usually works with Alfred Primavera as he has for some years. In Cremona, Alfred and Virgilio have a prolific enterprise building instruments mostly for export. They produce several different grades, the best usually being imitations of semi-modern Italian makers such as Garimberti. The instruments are relatively commercially constructed but built along sensible lines so they usually sound well. S. Hersh
  10. The generally accepted weights for bows are approximately 60 grams for violin, 70 grams for viola, and 80 grams for 'cello. But I find the fixation on weight of bows that some players preach to be shortsided. The variables involved in selecting a bow for use include issues such as balance and flexibilty/strength which are at least as important as weight. For resale, however bows close to the generally accepted weights are often much easier to sell than bows which are much lighter or heavier. S. Hersh
  11. I agree with the poster about seperating the issue of investments and violins. Violins can be reasonable investments but the risk factors involved with antique violins mitigate against them being desireable purely as investments. Depreciation due to wear and tear is a factor but worse risks are illiquidity, inherent vice, and authenticity problems. These issues can not be covered by insurance and are prevelant with antique string instruments. You should try to stay clear about your motivations so that you can make a move that balances your fiscal agendas and your desire for a nice instrument tonally against the risks of the financial outlay. S. Hersh
  12. That depends on your idea of "Great." The issue is not simple. There are many instruments in the $1 million class that I would not find suitable for concert use. There are many violins in the $100K class which I would find perfectly adequate for concert use. But that is based on my subjective criteria. Violins are priced based on issues of pedigree. The quality and condition of an example is key to it's collectiblity. Tonal issues factor more in the breadth of a pieces saleability and so can have a consequent effect on price. And certain pedigrees have gained a tonal reputation and so have become more collectible. This is true of del Gesu violins. The work and materials on a first class del Gesu are not as fine as that of the best Stradivari but the tone of the best del Gesu violins is more desireable to some than a fine Stradivari. The issue becomes blurrier when crossing schools and nationalities of making. S. Hersh
  13. Some of the better violins produced by the firm of W. E. Hill and Sons were made by Langonet. His work is quite refined. The Langonet violins which I have seen were built on a solid Stradivari Model for W. E. Hill and Sons using varnish of an attractive texture, varying in color from red brown to a rather neon red. The tone of the Langonet violins which I have seen is powerful and of a high quality if a little veiled in character. This maker often represents good value in the market. S. Hersh
  14. Maggini violins are important and rare. Copies of Maggini violins are often difficult to sell, even if they are by sought after makers, because of the large dimensions normally copied from the originals. There are numerous Maggini model violins of little value at all. S. Hersh
  15. I am a 36 year old violinist living in the Chicago area. I play in the Chicago String Quartet and teach at De Paul University. For years I was involved extensively in the wholesale string instrument trade. More recently I left the trade and started Hersh Consulting Inc. to help consumers interact with the trade in an informed manner. I have been posting here for a couple of years. S. Hersh
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